is being touched by you now, I think. In order to increase sales in this diffficult world economic climate, various introduced the so-called multi-format DVD rewriters to ease the worries of potential buyers. Their argument of asking conumers to go ahead to replace CD rewriter with a DVD rewriter is that in the event of either camp --- DVD-R (Pioneer, Panasonic, etc) and DVD+R (Philips, SONY, HP, Dell, etc) --- winning the format war, your investment would still be protected.
But how about those blank DVD-R and DVD+R discs that consumers have decided upon to use along the way? They would be in a predicament if they have chosen to use the DVD-R (or DVD-RW) media but (for instance) in the end it is the DVD+R format that is adopted by the industry as a final standard.
Looking at the history, I tend to feel an 'injustice' toward the CD rewriters. It took sooooo long for this useful product to replace CD-ROM drive to become a standard peripheral in desktop and notebook PCs while CD-ROM drive makers continue to work with the system builders to exploit every remaining drops of profit juice from the CD-ROM drives.
If not because of the poor world economy during the last 3 years, I doubt if the DVD rewriters would be so fast and so strongly pushed by PC system makers in its present 'half-cooked' status.